Are your days a struggle that you just want to get through and be done with?? Well, let me ask you this: When was the last time you took a vacation?

I’m not talking about your day off. I’m talking about a real vacation where you unplugged, recharged, and did something just for yourself. You may feel like you can’t afford time off, but let me tell you this—you can, and you have to!

No one’s dying words have been, “I wish I would have returned a few more emails at the office.” Most people can’t tell you much about last Tuesday, but ask them about the fun things they did on vacation, they can recall every detail.

Live your best life!

Life is short. Too many professionals get caught up chasing career goals at the expense of time with family or pleasures. The best way to get great professional results is to be at your best, body, mind, and soul. Vacations are good for the body, clear the mind, and refresh the soul. 

Take vacations!

I hear many people say they don’t have enough time or money for a vacation. You would not worry about these if you’re with the right employer. Top employers want their people fresh and understand the value of not only getting out to the office—but unplugging!

I hope that my blog readers will one day reminisce about the quality time they spent with loved ones, the memories you created, and the experiences you shared on vacations and family trips. You will never regret taking time off that brought you joy and happiness. 

Oh, and about career moves… Before accepting any job offer, ask about the vacation policy and how much time off you’ll be entitled to. Good employers understand the importance of vacations and encourage you to take one to recharge. If you’re working with the right employer, you will lead a comfortable lifestyle because you will enjoy a competitive salary. Money won’t be much of an issue.  

Anywhere you can disconnect from work will buy you the joy and happiness you need to recharge and tackle your work life with renewed energy. Vacations will help you avoid burn-outs and stress, which can affect your health and work performance.

Good employers don’t just value your hard work but also your well-being. They ensure you live your best life. However, the ultimate responsibility to living your best life lies in your choices. You are responsible for your work/life balance.

Living your best life is what we were put on this earth to do. It’s necessary, so don’t wait until it’s too late to start. If you’re not taking vacations, spending time with the people you love, and going to places you want to go to, you don’t know if you’ll ever get the chance, because tomorrow is never guaranteed.

So, go ahead and take a break. You deserve it!  I’ve got to go now.  I’m planning my Caribbean vacation.

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About the Author: Dan Simmons leads Continental Search, America’s leading recruiting team in the animal sciences. Dan founded Continental Search in 1996 and focused exclusively on the animal nutrition industry in 2002. He is a Certified Personnel Consultant through the National Association of Personnel Services (NAPS) and a member of the American Feed Industry Association.

Dan has successfully placed over 650 professionals, including a President of a leading animal health and nutrition company and Directors of Dairy Nutrition for multiple regional feed companies.

If you’re ready to take your career to the next level, connect with Dan on LinkedIn or email him at for the latest job opportunities.